Just ahead of a crucial senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the American Bar Association announced in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that the association would be reexamining the “well-qualified” ranking it bestowed on Kavanaugh.
The letter cites that the ABA is concerned with Kavanaugh’s temperament following the September 27th testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding sexual assault allegations lobbied against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has sent a letter to @senjudiciary, regarding the re-opening of their evaluation of Brett Kavanaugh. You can read the full letter here: https://t.co/CLoFWsxbjo pic.twitter.com/U1Zx04qBFS
— American Bar Association (@ABAesq) October 5, 2018
The letter states:
“New information of a material nature regarding temperament during the September 27th hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has prompted a reopening of the Standing Committee’s evaluation.”
Republican senators in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation have long cited his ABA rating to vouch for his qualifications as recently as today on the Senate floor.
The American Bar Association “has determined by a unanimous vote that Judge Kavanaugh is ‘Well Qualified’ for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court” – its highest possible rating. Leading Democrats’ have called this the Gold Standard.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) August 31, 2018
Minutes ago, Grassley cited the ABA's rating as a reason to confirm Kavanaugh https://t.co/oxBHTL2UsG
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) October 5, 2018
With one of the pro-Kavanaugh talking points now in limbo and unlikely to be resolved before the final vote, some are asking if Republicans still feel comfortable with the latest development.
This morning, on the floor of the Senate, McConnell relied on the ABA’s good recommendation of Kavanaugh. Now that they’ve taken this highly unusual step, will he still be willing to rely on their assessment? https://t.co/z0dpDsEtI9
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 5, 2018
McConnell giving his windup speech on Kavanaugh ahead of this morning's procedural vote, calling Kavanaugh "incredibly well-qualified* and well respected**."
*ABA is reassessing its Kavanaugh judicial rating
**Three women have publicly accused him of sexual misconduct
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) October 5, 2018
— DemsWin (@dems_win) October 5, 2018
What’s more, this isn’t the first time the ABA has been skeptical of Kavanaugh’s temperament.